Having a Tough Time Coming Up With a Blog Idea? Here is a list (with an example for each one) of 70 Different Post Ideas.
2. Do a feature story on an interesting but average type of person. Example – Yes, I am Cheap. I Make Money Online: Selling e-books.
3. Provide an in-depth analysis of a subject you are expert or near expert level in. Example – Barbara Freidberg Personal Finance: Is it Time to Sell?
4. Provide a written definitive “pillar article” guide to something that interests people in your niche. Example: Daily Blog Tips – 28 Ways to Make Money Online.
5. Provide a video definitive “pillar” guide to something that interests people in your niche. Example: Pro Blogger- Secrets to Making Money Online.
7. Open up about your own finances. Example - Budgeting In the Fun Stuff – Weekly Stats and Money Updates.
8. Give relationship advice that pertains to your niche. Example – Bible Money Matters – Improve Communication About Money in Your Marriage.
9. Relate to your audience what you learned from a book and how you are using that knowledge in your own life. Example- Studenomics – What I learned About Business From Ramit Sethi.
10. Use reader’s questions as a means to analyzing diverse issues. Example – Grow Rich Slowly – Ask the Readers: Should I Sell My Car.
11. Provide a useful daily tip in series form. Example – Sustainable Personal Finance – 365 Days of Sustainability Tips.
13. Be a watchdog for consumers. Example – The Consumerist
14. Explain a complicated concept to your readers in an interesting and understandable manner. Example – My Journey to Millions – The difference between an ordinary dividend and a qualified dividend.
15. Tell the story of once famous cultural phenomenon. Example – MoneyCone – The Beardstown Ladies
16. Put a new spin on a well covered story. Example – Balance Junkie – Egypt: Financial Lessons and Tipping Points
17. Take your blog on the road. Example – Man vs. Debt – RV Road Tour.
18. Analyze court cases – The Volokh Conspiracy
19. Highlight some music to your fans. Hey its Free: Free Pixies Live Download
20. Answer a Relevant Question on the mind of your niche – Example: KNS Financial (Faithful With a Few)- Do You Need to File an Income Tax Return?
21. Try to follow a program from a book and track your progress on your site. Example: Frugal Zeitgeist – The Four Hour Body: Day 1.
22. Comment on another blog. Example – Punch Debt in the Face – Red Hates Happiness.
23. Use a Survey/Poll as a launching board to discuss a topic. Example: The Millionairenurse.com: Ruin Your Children: Everyone Else Does.
24. Ask your readers for an answer to a question. (in this case not a particularly important question j/k). Nicole and Maggie: Ask the Blogosphere
25. Highlight an opportunity for your readers- Example: Well Heeled Blog: CNN Money is Looking for Super Savers
26. Explore Modern Trends and/or question common assumptions- Example: The Simple Dollar – Is the Sunday Paper Still a Value?
27. Give the Inside Scoop on your own success story – Entrepreneurs-Journey: How I started, Grew and Sold an E-Commerce Business for a quarter million dollars.
28. Be concise. Example: Seth Godin: You Don’t Need More Time.
29. Make a short but powerful list. Example: Frugal Dad. 5 Dangers Young Entrepreneurs Should Avoid.
30. Ask a “what would you do question“. Example: Mony Ning: What Would You Do With One Million Dollars?
31. Respectfully state a controversial point of view. Example – Christian PF: Reasons Not to Be a Well-Rounded Person.
32. Provide tips to your readers. Example: The Digerati Life: Tips for Dealing With Debt Fears.
33. Write about a case study. Example: Balkhis: Case Study: Twitter, Ultimate Guide to Harvest the Incredible Power of Social Media.
34. Write a post in under 30 minutes - Example: Scope for Money: Write a Blog Post in Under 30 Minutes Flat.
35. Write a Long List Post – Example: Blogtrepreneur: Top 100 Blogs by Women
36. Interview another blogger – Example: Planting Dollars: Personal Finance for College Students Interview with MD of Studenomics.
37. Be Inspirational. Example: Chris Brogan: Do the Work.
38. Write a Book Review. Example: World’s Strongest Librarian: Book Review.
39. Post advice on how to stay out of harm’s way or trouble. Example: Earn Blogger – 40 Ways to Avoid a Disabled or Banned Adsense Account.
40. Blog Fiction – Example: Short Stories Blog
41. Get Philosophical. Example: Squirrelers: Let’s Get Philosophical: What Role Does Money Play in our Lives?
42. Educate and/or Share Your Knowledge: Example: Darwin’s Money: MBA Mondays
43. Create an alternative education or a course: Personal MBA
44. Create a podcast. Example: Millionaire or Bust
45. Tell a story in a multi-part series. Example – Beat the Index: The Alberta Bakkan Oil Play
46. Make Educated Prognostications – Example – Buy Like Buffet: Top Sectors to Invest in for 2011
47. Write a timely article about an upcoming holiday – Example: Invest It Wisely – 3 Frugal Ideas for Valentine’s Day.
48. Write a “linkbait” article. Example: those sellouts over at www.brokeprofessionals.com.
49. Write About the Lovely Miseries of Blogging – Example: Buck Inspire – 2 Cents from Adsense
50. Take a Poll - The University Kid: Quick Poll
51. Do a radio show interview. - Example: Consumerism Commentary: Preparing for the radio show
52. Write an opinion column – Example: Michelle Malkin: Mo’ Money….down the fiscal sinkhole.
53. Be an authority in a defined niche. Example: CopyBlogger
54. Rank the top sites in your niche. Example: WiseBread Top 100 Personal Finance Blogs
55. Get Political. Example: Red State.
56. Provide an instructional video - Example: John Chow: How to Install WordPress Instructional Video (step by step).
57. Share deals and freebies with your readers. Example: Bargain Brianna
58. Do a roundup of your favorite recent posts on other sites. Example – How to Save Money: Roundup
59. Share a family recipe. Example: 101 Centavos – Ragu.
60. Provide relevant and timely industry news in your niche. Example: Money Cone – Vanguard Lowers Fees on its Emerging Markets ETC.
61. Tell a personal story that relates to your niche. Example: Aloysa’s Kitchen Sink – How We Did Business: Mob Style.
62. Direct your readers to take action. Example: Smart Passive Income: The Only 100 Words You Should Read Today.
63. Ignore all of these ideas and simply have a guest post on your site. Just make sure the guest post is awesome. Example: Zen Habits: This is Where the Story Really Begins
64. Create a Guide – Example: The College Investor: The College Investor’s Guide to Investing
65. Just send out random interesting Thoughts. Example: Every Day Tips and Thoughts: 10 Miscellaneous Thoughts.
66. Have a Contest. Example: Moms Plans – Free $25.00 AppleBees Card
67. Discuss a Real Life Reader Story. Example: My Life and Finances: A Real Life Story of Wealth and Finances
68. Write an “Old Fashioned” newspaper feature type story. Example: Bucksome Boomer – A Plumbing Disaster Story
69. Write a 100 Word Post. Example – Len Penzo 100 Words on Why Inflation is Taxation Without Representation.
70. Have a Debate or Highlight a Debate – Example: Mashable – Should Blogs Have Comments?
What have I missed. After this the focus is going back to strictly personal finance, but let me know what you have thought about the little segue. Distracting or alright?
Later today will post on our “Can We Last a Month Eating Only Food Already in Our House Series”, which falls into the Challenge category, so you can consider this a bonus idea.